Martinu: Concerto for Violin & Piano; Violin Sonata No. 3

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Bohuslav Martinu was a violinist himself; yet the piano colour in many of his symphonic scores is his actual signature. The two instruments are assigned...

Bohuslav Martinu was a violinist himself; yet the piano colour in many of his symphonic scores is his actual signature. The two instruments are assigned solo roles in the Concerto for Violin; Piano and Orchestra (1953); commissioned by Benno and Sylvia Rabinof; who duly premiered it in May 1954. Written concurrently with Symphony No. 6 (Fantaisies symphoniques); the remarkable work is hardly ever performed nowadays. Different is the case of Violin Sonata No. 3 (1944); created in the USA too; which has long been a staple of violinists’ repertoires worldwide. Amid the atmosphere of the imminent end of WWII and feeling homesick; Martinu conceived a monument whose duration is that of a symphony; a work teeming with contrastive drama and lyricism; and featuring a Dvorák-like nostalgia; evoking his Czech roots. In comparison with the two “American” works; the Cinq pièces brèves (1930); dating from Martinu’s Paris period; contain far rougher harmonies and piquancy; attesting to a penchant for the Charleston; as well as a propensity to the contrapuntal style.

On their album; the globally renowned artists Josef Špacek and Miroslav Sekera present Martinu as an astute creator of chamber music and concertos; a composer both international and Czech; widely known and still being discovered alike. Martinu’s music for violin and piano – a universe of intriguing contrasts



Product Description:


  • Release Date: September 22, 2023


  • UPC: 099925433024


  • Catalog Number: SU4330-2


  • Label: Supraphon


  • Number of Discs: 1


  • Period: 20th Century


  • Composer: Bohuslav Martinu


  • Conductor: Petr Popelka


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra


  • Performer: Josef Spacek, Miroslav Sekera